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Kids and Car Seats – Recommendations Change

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have both issued separate statements which are consistent with the message that a child is safest in a car while riding rear facing until the age of 2. This recommendation is a change from the previous recommendation of turning a child around when they reach the age of 1.

The academy feels that children should not be turned around prematurely. In a crash their spinal cords are not able to withstand the force on their bodies,

“an estimated 1,000 children injured in forward-facing seats over 15 years might not have been hurt if they had been in a car seat facing the back, said Dr. Dennis Durbin, lead author of the recommendations and a pediatric emergency physician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.” (read more)

Further, the academy and the agency are also now recommending that older children remain in a booster until the vehicle’s lap shoulder belt fits them. This would be when they are approximately 4 foot 9 inches tall or generally between the ages of 8 and 12.

If you or your child has been injured in a car or bus related accident, contact the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood, at 919.233.0520 so we can discuss protecting your legal rights.

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